Color Your World

Please welcome Sherri Moore to my blog as she discusses how color influences our lives; from eating to shopping and other aspects of our daily routine. Sherri also delves into the correlation between our favorite color(s)  and our personality.

Selena: Sherri, welcome to my blog and thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. What got you interested in the psychology of color?

Sherri: I have always been mesmerized by color and why people love one color and hate another. As a redhead, I have always been aware that some colors are a very bad idea for me to wear. I learned to embrace the colors that look best on me.  I even wore orange to my junior prom and lime green to my senior prom :).

When we moved to Missouri, I met a dear friend who had been studying color for years. I asked her to teach me about the psychology of color and which colors look best on different people.  She took me under her knowledgeable wing.  She had her own business and did some color consulting for small businesses in the area.  We teamed up and began to grow the business to include larger businesses and individual consultations.

Selena: As a writer, I’m interested in how color can either stimulate or hinder one’s creativity.  Which colors do both?

Sherri: Most experts won’t saddle any particular color with hindering one’s creativity, but there is significant research to support the fact some colors definitely enhance creativity.  People surrounded by yellow tend to feel optimistic because the brain actually releases more serotonin (feel good chemical in the brain) when around this color.  Yellow also increases creative thoughts. However, I would recommend one is careful with yellow, because intense yellow can create feelings of frustration and anger.

Being surrounded by blue causes the body to produce chemicals that are calming, however, too much blue can feel cold.  Strong blues will stimulate clear thought and lighter blues will calm the mind and aid concentration.  If I were designing an author’s work space or home office, I would use a soft yellow for the walls with strong blue and light blue accents (pillows, wall art).

Selena:  What about food?  Are there any colors of food which will either increase or decrease someone’s appetite?

Sherri:  More than just the color of the food itself, the color of your surroundings can have a significant impact on your appetite.  Blue tends to be the most unappetizing color in foods.  Studies show that people will dislike a color or drink simply colored with blue food coloring even when there is no taste difference.

Some weight loss plans suggest eating food off a blue plate to diminish appetite.  Yellow, on the other hand, increases appetite.  Many restaurants and grocery stores utilize yellow in decorating to influence customers to eat/buy more.  The upside to yellow is that it has been shown to increase metabolism.

Selena: Have you ever been in a restaurant or store and saw an advertisement and thought, “What a wrong use of color?”  What was it and why?

Sherri: Most major stores and restaurants have the use of color and lighting down pat to influence people to purchase while still being pleasing.  I have occasionally gone into a local restaurant and thought, “Would someone please kill the floral wallpaper?”  I have much stronger reactions to the colors people wear than to most stores’ and restaurants’ decor.

The simple fact is not everyone looks good in yellow (or orange or purple or red).  People have either warm or cool undertones to their skin.  This undertone along with hair color and eye color dictate what colors will look best on a person.  If someone with a cool undertone wears a yellow-based color, he or she will look sallow, jaundice, and just sickly overall.  If this same person was to wear a blue-based color, the change would be dramatic and immediate.  He or she would appear younger, healthier, more vibrant, and often thinner.  I have warm undertones and shouldn’t wear pink, purple, true red, blue, etc.  These colors wash me out and make me look horrible.  I stick with warm colors:  orange, green, brown, yellow.

I loved Ann Curry on the Today Show, but seeing her wear so much yellow and orange was enough to make me want to self-medicate.  That being said, I love purple but have no business wearing it anywhere near my face.  I have a purple cell phone, purse, wallet, and shoes.  I get my purple fix without having to suffer the consequences.  If you love a color that isn’t best for you, just don’t wear it nearest your face.  If you want to wear red but it isn’t a great color for you, break it up with a scarf or piece of jewelry.

Selena: As you’ll see further down, my favorite color is purple as well.

Is it true the majority of people who are color blind are men?  Do you think they have a difficult time with differentiating between silver, baby blue or gray?

Sherri: It is true that the majority of color blind people are male. Most color blindness is a sex-linked condition. The genes that produce photo-pigments are carried on the X chromosome; if some of these genes are missing or damaged, color blindness will be expressed in males with a higher probability than in females because males only have one X chromosome.

There are two major types of color blindness:  red-green and blue-yellow.  Men with delusions of grandeur and superhero status who also happen to love reading romance books tend to suffer the worst form color blindness .

Selena: LOL! I love lavender, orange and yellow.  What does this say about me?

Sherri: I think that your favorite colors can say a lot about you, but like everything else– take it with a grain of salt.  While you may not exhibit all the character traits of your personality color, you will find yourself somewhere in the description.  You may also find that you exhibit some of the negative traits, particularly when stressed.

Purple:  You have a deep need for emotional security and to create order and perfection in all areas of your life, including your spiritual life.  You also have a deep need to initiate and participate in humanitarian projects, helping others in need.

Orange: You have a great need to be with people, to socialize with them, and to be accepted and respected as part of a group.  You also have a need for challenges in your life, whether it is physical or social challenges.

Yellow:  You have a deep need for logical order in your everyday life and to be able to express your individuality by using your logical and to inspire and create new ideas.

Selena: Thanks again, Sherri. This has been both fun and informative.

About Sherri Moore:

Sherri works with businesses and individuals helping them understand the psychology and power of color.  Answering questions such as; how will the colors someone chooses to wear in certain situations have an unconscious effect on those around them? Which colors present the tone and environment they are striving to create? In businesses where client, vendor, coworker interactions are critical, it is an incredibly valuable asset to be able to create the environment you want.

Sherri also assists individuals understand which colors and shades are most complimentary for their skin tone, eye color and hair color.  Sherri believes that when a person has confidence in what they are wearing and how they look, they will then project that to others.  They respond to that confidence and your interactions reflect that.

Sherri and her business partner are in the process of re-designing their website. Once this project is completed, I will post a link to their blog so you can check out their services and information on coloring your world.

Please feel free to ask Sherri any questions you have about color or what your favorite color says about you.

73 responses to “Color Your World”

  1. Hi Sherri! Hi Selena! wonderful topic! I’m always amazed about the influence of colors on our moods and actions. My favorite color is red, but I always feel exposed when I wear it.
    Do you think that the colors on the covers of our favorites book may have something to do with our preference to them?


    1. Hi, Grettel, thanks for stopping by my blog. Sherri should be here soon to answer your question.

      Red is one color that I don’t wear often, probably because I never seem to find a shade that I really like.

      Good question about the book covers. A book store seller once told me that if they use a lot of blue in a cover, it will only attract a certain type of reader. I will be interested to know what Sherri thinks about this.


    2. Hi, Grettel! Rojo is a fabulous color. It does draw attention and is often where the eye looks first. If there is a favorite body part that you would like to draw attention to rather than a less flattering one, wear red there. For example, my body is pear-shaped (bigger booty, smaller chest). If I could wear red, I would wear a red top with a black skirt or pants. That draws the eye upward and away from my bootylicious-ness ;).

      A cover artist can definitely use colors on the cover of a book to create a mood for the reader. If you notice, all of Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor books have a light, bright cover. They are books have beautiful stories about finding love, peace, and happiness. Paranormal books usually have covers with darker colors. These books tend to deal with darker topics and characters. We usually have our first impression of a book from seeing its cover.


  2. myreadingobsession Avatar

    I am sure I am the oddball but my favorite color is black?


    1. Hi, Reading Obsession (love your handle) 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. I’m interested to know what black means as well.


    2. Hi, Reading Obsession! There are probably more people whose favorite color is black than we realize. At the very least, it is a favorite wardrobe color for a lot of people. Most people who cite black as their favorite color tend to have a need for power and control in order to protect their own emotions. Black is often associated with intelligence. It evokes strong emotions, and it is easy to overwhelm people with too much black. It is also the color of sophistication, sexiness, and seduction ;).


      1. I think black compliments all skin tones, doesn’t it?


        1. Unfortunately (for me), black doesn’t look great on those with warm undertones. Chocolate brown is a better choice for us. I will wear black pants or skirts with a top that is a warm shade. I just try to avoid black near my face. The overwhelming majority of people have cool undertones (one estimate puts it at 85%) so most of you reading this can wear black well.


  3. As fascinated as I am by color, I’ve never really thought there was so much importance to it. I’m a lover of green and blue. But I find that my favorite colors have changed over time. Do you find that to be typical? That perhaps depending on where we are in our lives at a given time influences what colors appeal to us?


    1. Hi, Moira, thanks for dropping by. My color choices haven’t changed yet, probably because I don’t like change too much. LOL


    2. Hi, Moira! I think you are absolutely right about favorite colors changing over time. As we go through life and experience different things, we grow and change. These changes can include our personality traits and preferences. When I was younger, I hated pink– all shades. It was like someone flipped a switch 5 years ago when the doctor told us that we would be having a little girl. Her room is pink (and green). Her closet was filled with pink, frilly things before she was even born. Five years later, I still love pink. It’s a color I will never have in my wardrobe, but I dress my daughter in pink all the time.

      Blue: You have a deep need to find inner peace and truth, to live your life according to your ideals and beliefs without having to change your inflexible viewpoint of life to satisfy others.

      Green: You have a deep need to belong, to love and be loved, and to feel safe and secure. You need acceptance and acknowledgement for the everyday things you do for others– just a “thank you” is sufficient.


  4. I agree with Moira, my favorite colors have changed a lot. blue will always be my wardrobe though, but I see purple creeping in. I agree with the blue plates! I’ve read that in several places! Thanks Selena, for having Sherri, and thank you to Sherri for sharing your great ideas…….XO


    1. Hi, Pat, thanks for stopping by.

      I’ve always loved purple and glad that I can wear it well, it compliments my dark hair (so I’m told). I love the autumn season the best, which is why I probably love oranges.


    2. Hey, Pat! *waving wildly* You know I think you look absolutely lovely in purple and blue :).


  5. I find it ironic that you give advice on color when you can’t even differentiate between blue and silver. And it is a proven fact that Chartreuse makes people feel like they can fly.


    1. Thanks for dropping by, RM. I’m sure Sherri will have a response soon, but we still don’t see any SILVER on your blog. You used the word Chartreuse. LOL But maybe Sherri can correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t chartreuse a yellowy-green color? How can you fly if you don’t have any yellow or green on your cape? Curious minds want to know.


    2. Let’s all take a moment for a virtual field trip. Everyone go to and look at that guy’s outfit. Is it blue and blue or is it silver and blue? Oh, look– they all say blue and blue. Now that we all agree, let’s talk about chartreuse.

      There are two different colors of chartreuse: traditional chartreuse (or chartreuse yellow ) which is used on many fire-fighting vehicles and web chartreuse (or chartreuse green) is precisely halfway between yellow and green. There is also a French liqueur named Chartreuse and I am sure it does make people feel like they can fly if they drink enough of it :).

      If you really wanted to fly, you should have made your cape red. Everyone knows he’s faster than a speeding bullet.


      1. Now you’ve answered a question I’ve had for a long time. Why men don’t wear a lot of red, it makes them faster than a speeding bullet. I don’t think they want to be referred to as Speedy Gonzales or Minute Man, right?

        I still don’t see any silver on and I hope more people hop on over so they too can see we are right on this one. 🙂

        Remy/RM is going to come on this blog, once I get my interview questions out to him. I will decorate it with sparkly silver.


      2. Woods nymphs sprinkle your path with bowlings balls while you dance and prowl in the sequined moonlight with leftover heads of lettuce


        1. What color bowling balls? What weight? If they are sprinkling bowling balls in my path and their aim is off, I am toast. I don’t think I like this “compliment”.


          1. This was a compliment? I thought he was trying to be poetic and creative (emphasis on trying), as I had images of little sparkly bowling balls, dancing in the moonlight…never mind, I’m lost. LOL


          2. Everything RM says to me is a compliment. He’s envious of my color knowledge (and general ability to distinguish between colors) and wants to be just like me when he grows up :).


        2. You’re talking about bowling balls, dancing and lettuce and somehow, it makes sense to me. I am in deep trouble. LOL


  6. This was very interesting, I love color and after reading this it is interesting the color choices I chose to use in my house. With being blonde I was told never to wear yellow, so I stick with blues, browns, greens and pinks. I have no problem wearing bright colors but will think twice before I wear red 🙂 thanks for the information Sherri


    1. Hi, Lexie, thank you for visiting my blog! I just told my husband he needs to re-paint my office a subtle yellow, after Sherri suggested that yellow is great for creativity. The “P” word is a bad word in our household. He hates painting.

      Sherri did a great job on this blog post, so informative.


    2. Hi, Lexie! Someone was watching out for you. Yellow is not a good color for blondes. It tends to make them look sickly and jaundiced. Blues, browns, greens, pinks, purples are all great. Soft shades of those colors are great to wear when you want to run out the door with little or no makeup because they tend to even out skin tone. Stronger shades bring a lot of color to the face, but they also tend to highlight any uneven skin tone. If you have a tendency toward dark circles under your eyes (and this goes for everyone), stay away from a color commonly called “officer’s blue”. This is a color that is a blue/gray. That particular combination of of colors really highlights under eye darkness. Cornflower blue is a good alternative. A true gray with no blue in it will also work well.

      Feel free to come up and decorate my house. While I love learning about color and applying that in professional settings, I hate picking colors for my house. I tend to go with soft, neutral colors. I need to be a little bolder next time around.


  7. Ok, so I want Sherri to take Selena and I shopping , and Lexie, you can come and decorate my house. Sherri, I have white hair( I refuse to say gray), and blue eyes……if you want to make notes before we shop!


    1. Count me in! I’ll cook us up a great lunch too. 🙂


    2. That would be so much fun! Pat, your hair is a beautiful white and you wear it well. Not everyone can say that so be proud of it. Stick with cool colors like your blue and purple. You can mix in some red or bright pink if you are feeling sassy ;).


  8. ladygodivamagic Avatar

    Good morning Selena and Sherri! I was first introduced to the power of color by a company who only sells through individuals (like avon, but not). They said that using a purple pen encourages the buyer to use it to sign on the dotted line. Any truth to this??
    I have also been fascinated by the eye color that romance writers use to describe their H/h. I’m not sure all those colors exist, so now I’m looking at everyone’s eye color! I think that ‘gray’ eye color is way overused in the romance market. Can’t wait for the famous RM interview, I want to see actual SILVER on the website!!


    1. Hey, LG! I don’t know that I have ever heard that about a purple pen. That’s pretty interesting. I just looked back through two books I have about color and marketing and couldn’t find anything about purple and increasing a buyer’s commitment, but that doesn’t mean someone hasn’t studied it at some point.

      Color choice does have a huge impact on marketing. Different colors attract different types of shoppers. For example: impulse shoppers are drawn to red/orange, black, and royal blue while shoppers on a budget are attracted by navy blue and teal.

      I have noticed all of the gray-eyed people in romance novels, too. It is nice to know I’m not the only one :). In one book I read, the author kept describing the hero’s eyes as green with lots of golden flecks. I have never seen anyone who really resembled her description in real life.


      1. Flipping through all my WIP’s, and yes, I found a gray-eyed hero. LOL But there’s a reason for this. Really there is.


    2. Hi, LG, thanks for stopping by.

      I know what you mean about eye color in novels, and for myself anyway, I had to catch myself, because I was noticing all my hero’s had brown eyes. When writing different characters for different books, we strive to ensure that each hero doesn’t look or sound alike (same with heroine).

      As for using a certain eye color, (example gray), a lot of times it’s because it does have a correlation with something else to do with the plot or the character.

      Stay tuned for the RM interview. 😉

      P.S. He insists that there IS SILVER on his blog, so I don’t see any redecorating in the near future over there. LOL


      1. ladygodivamagic Avatar

        I love brown eyes!


        1. Me too, LG. I think they are my favorite.


          1. Me too. It was the first thing that attracted me to my husband. 🙂


  9. (Heidi again) Great piece Selena and Sherri. Thank you for the great insight on the effect color has on us and the world around us. I believe you were right in all aspects. I especially like your advice on scarves and colors around the face. Because of my day job as a hairstylist, I work with color, tone and levels of dark and light every day and it’s fascinating to see what I seen a color vs. what my clients see. My husband will ask. “Where are my kaki shorts?” I’ll reply. “Your taupe, yellow or moss green ones?” Drives him nuts. I also painted my kitchen 3 times to get the right color. Anyway, I am a cool and wear a lot of black darker purples and blues most of the time. I feel like an Easter egg in anything else. Thanks for sharing your cool profession with us Sherri and great post both of you:)


    1. Hi, Heidi, thanks for popping in.

      LOL @ the comment about your husband. He must be related to mine. He calls all his casual pants, Kaki’s.

      I haven’t ventured into coloring my hair as of yet, I’m a bit nervous, but when the time comes, I hope my hair stylist will be as adept to color and tones as you are.


  10. Hi, Heidi! Thank you. Selena asked some great questions. I love your comment about your husband and the khaki shorts. That is such a man thing. My husband sticks mostly to blue and khaki. He finally decided to branch out a little when the guys at work started making fun of him. You know it is bad when other guys mock you ;).

    I bet you look fantastic in the darker, richer colors you described. We need you to give us cute hairstyles before we all go shopping together. Right, Pat? This is the going to be the best girls’ day EVER!


    1. Sherri, you’re doing an awesome job with the questions and I’m enjoying all the information, as I’m sure everyone who is visiting is as well.

      That’s a great idea! We have this girl’s day out all covered. Hairstyles, color coordinated wardrobe, home decorating tips, cooking…we have so much talent among us.


  11. Hi Selena & Sherri,

    I’m Native American. I’m Tuscarora & Cherokee descent. The reason I’m telling you this is; because I’m dark skin complexion (my Pecan Tan I call it).

    My favorite colors are Red, Black, Tourqouise, Fuschia Pink, Mustard, Royal Purple, Emerald Green, and Royal, or Indigo Blue.

    I guess what I’m saying is I love the royal colors and I love it especially in Velvet material. I seem to be pulled to Velvet clothing in the darker colors and I love the brightest colors also.

    I’ve never seem to have a color I can’t wear. My closet is mostly Red, Black and Tourquoise.

    I do have a question Sherri. I once had a lady I worked with who would freak out if you wore brown shoes with black. Is this a fashion no, no that I don’t know about?

    I wear what I want and I always look good, when I wear it. So I must admit I would wear the brown shoes with black to disturb her, lol. I know I’m bad so sorry.

    I use to be a Makeup Specialist for Models, and plays so this is wear I get my fashion sense with colors from.

    Thanks for such a very informative blog and interview.

    Teresa K.


    1. Hi, Teresa! I like “Pecan Tan”. It sounds so much nicer than my description of my own complexion– pale and pasty with a smattering of freckles ;). With such a rich skin tone and what I’m fairly certain are dark eyes and hair, strong colors will suit you best. You are right on the money with the red, black, turquoise, royal purple, etc. Pale shades may be less flattering. Just think of it as balance. If you imagine yourself as a picture frame and the top of your hair as the top of the frame and your hair along the side of your face as the sides of the frame, you want the clothing/jewelry/scarf nearest your face to act as the bottom of your frame. If you have dark hair, most often darker, stronger colors will look best–giving you balance. For people with lighter hair colors, more subtle shades tend to be better. I hope my picture frame analogy made sense. I use that one a lot, but never realized how difficult it is to type out :).

      Now for the brown shoes, black pants question. Most of the fashion rules of yore have been tossed to the wayside. People wear white after Labor Day and before Easter all the time now. Personally, I don’t know if I will ever be a brown shoe/black pant girl, but I have seen lots of people wearing black leggings with super cute brown boots and it works. Fashion rules aren’t hard and fast these days and that is a really good thing in my opinion. I still have some seriously strong opinions about skinny jeans and who should be legally allowed to wear them, but that’s a whole other post ;).

      If it brings you joy to wear brown shoes with black to aggravate your co-worker, I say go for it. Life’s short and you have to find your jollies wherever you can :).


      1. More wonderful information, Sherri. I also loved the way she described her skin color, “pecan tan.” Beautiful.

        Also, if wearing something that pisses off a busybody co-worker makes one’s day, I say go for it.

        However, when it comes to skinny Jeans, there needs to be some do’s and dont’s. As in, MEN PLEASE for the love of all that’s good and visually satisfying for us gals, NO SKINNY JEANS for you!


    2. Hi, Teresa, thanks for visiting, and sharing your thoughts.

      Glad you enjoyed the blog. BTW, I wear brown boots and black jeans or leggings, I think whatever works for someone and makes them feel good, it’s not a problem. I also heard that one shouldn’t wear navy blue with black, but I’ve seen it done and it looked good.


  12. Girls day sounds fantastic! I’m sooo there. 🙂


    1. Wouldn’t that be absolutely funtastic.


  13. Someone needs to be the official RM conference planner and keep up with the fabulous ideas for our Vegas meeting. Pat, I nominate you :).


  14. Whoa…….I’m on the east coast….Selena is in Canada….Lexie is in Fla. Heidi, not sure where you are……this will take some work! LOL. Where are you again Sherri? Seems like Midwest? Oh yeah…lots of work!


    1. I’m in Missouri, Pat. I don’t live near anything fun or exciting :).


    2. ladygodivamagic Avatar

      Now with the internet, you can do anything from anywhere. I’ll be your local liason Pat!


      1. There you– it’s official. The planning committee consists of Pat and LG ;).


    3. LOL Pat. Vegas would never be the same. However, if they can take a naked Prince Harry, they may be able to handle us all.

      Just remember, “What happens in Vegas, may get stitched into a pillow.” 😉


  15. Hi Selena and Sherri! Great topic you must love your job Sherri!

    You already talked about my favorite colors: blue and green. Mine have definitely changed over time, but they have been blue and green for awhile now, seems like maybe they’re gonna stay there. In fact, Selena I really like the colors of your blog! 🙂 Perfect!

    My question is about cool vs. warm tones. You know how you get those free samples at makup counters and they ask if you want the warm or cool? I always choose warm but I’m never sure. And when you said 85% of people are cool, and warm people don’t look good in black you threw me off. I always thought I looked pretty good in black! So how do you know if you’re warm or cool?

    PS. We just got a Sephora here! I’ve never been in one till yesterday! Small town girl I know so pathetic! But I was so excited, my daughter thought I was nuts! 😉


    1. Hi, Steph, thanks for dropping by and commenting and I appreciate your feedback on the color of my blog.

      I’ve been told I’m an autumn and then another person (at one of those make-up counters) said I was a winter. So I understand how confusing it can be.

      Good question, and I look forward to what Sherri has to say.

      BTW, you are not pathetic. The first time I went to a Sephora’s was when we went to Las Vegas a few years ago. Not quite as exciting as spending a day at Barnes and Noble, but it was fun. When we finally got one in our city, we had a girl’s day out just to visit it. LOL

      Small town girl here as well, even though I was raised in the city, but our city is rather small.


    2. Hi, Steph! The easiest way for me to tell you if you are cool or warm would be for us to meet for lunch ;). Since MO is a little far from SC, we’ll have to try a different approach. Several things come together to determine whether someone is cool or warm– hair color, eye color, skin tone. If you want, you can send me a picture to my email ( and I will be able to tell you from that. OR you can describe yourself to me (a little less accurate, but we can make a good guess).

      As a general rule, people with cool undertones are blondes or brunettes (or were once that hair color before time and life sucked the color out of our hair). Warm undertone people tend to be strawberry blondes and redheads. This isn’t always the case, but is true more times than not. The only sure way for me to tell you is to see how everything (hair, eyes, skin) work together. There are two types of cool: intense and subtle. There are also two types of warm: intense and subtle. I can tell you cool or warm and the type.

      Sephora is like a dream come true (and a very dangerous place) ;).


      1. Thanks Sherri I may drop you an email. And our Sephora is right across the isle from Coach. Extremely dangerous!


  16. PS I’m in SC, what about Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach? Or Pat aren’t you in NC?


  17. I am very late to this party. Sherri, you already know that red is my favorite color and I wear a lot of it. I am definitely cool/winter. I also wear lots of black and pink and purple. And only pure white. I detest what beige does when near my face. Yuck! My question is about the colors in my house. Only my kitchen is predominately red. My favorite color in flowers is peach or orange and I love peach, green, and gray together when decorating. What does that say about my house?


    1. DIANE!!!!!!! I always think of you when I see red business suits ;). Good call on only wearing pure white. Winters (intense cools) do not look great in beige or variations thereof.

      Red is the color of energy and the symbol of life. It evokes strength and power and creates a visual impact. Red can stimulate the appetite, often being used in restaurants for this purpose. It can also increase the craving for food and other stimuli (wink, wink, nudge, nudge ;)). The downside is that being surrounded by too much red can cause us to become irritated, agitated, and ultimately angry. People surrounded by red find their heart rate increases and often report feeling out of breath. Do you feel hungry and breathy in your kitchen? 🙂

      Peach is a derivative of orange is the color associated with fun times, warmth, and ambition. Peach is a calmer version of orange. It elicits an optimistic and uplifting feeling. It encourages great communication and conversation and inspires good manners.

      Green is the color of money and nature. It is another calming color and associated with generosity and peace. Green is located at the center of the color spectrum and is considered the color of balance and restoration.

      Gray is an unemotional color. It is detached, neutral, impartial. It is the color of compromise or transition. Since it is emotionless, gray is solid and stable creating a sense of calm and composure. It can create relief from a chaotic world.

      When you use peach, green, and gray together, you create a place of peace and calm. You might like activity and energy in your kitchen, but you probably also appreciate serenity and quiet in other rooms.

      Your kitchen sounds fun! When can I come over? 🙂


      1. Sherri, what great information you just gave us all. My sitting room is all in green, no wonder I love to sit in there and just read.

        I love kitchens, favorite room in the house. I love to cook, and just sit and chat in the kitchen as well. I think it’s because it brings us back to our childhood perhaps? My kitchen is a light peach color with oak cupboards, and it’s true, because it is a calm place.


    2. Hi, Diane, never too late to come to the blog and party with us. Thanks for dropping by.

      I’m with you on the pure white. I love peach colored flowers as well, but not in the house. I don’t like any flowers inside the house, just out in the garden.

      Fall is my favorite time of year, because of all the colors, so I’m thinking I’m more of an Autumn girl.


  18. Well, it appears that I am getting hungry and breathy on my kitchen counter and then my husband will go fall asleep in the family room on the gray leather couch on the dark green carpet! Come on over! We can whip up cupcakes! After I disinfect the counter!!!!


    1. Diane my living room is peach, green and beige, and my kitchen is mostly peach. I love it!


      1. Steph, those combinations sound beautiful.


    2. LOL! Diane, that’s quite the visual you just gave me.


    3. Bwhahahaha! The kitchen is probably the only place MB & I have never gotten breathy ;). I’ll bring my own Clorox wipes when I come over for cupcakes. I made some chocolate/chocolate ones for the princess’ party yesterday. They were awesome! I saved you one :).


  19. This is an open offer to anyone out there— if you would like to have more personalized and specific color information, please send me an email (with a picture preferably so I can see hair, eyes, complexion all together). My email address is This is something I really enjoy and would be happy to hook you up ;). This is what I do in my professional life, but I consider y’all my friends and would be happy to do this for you at no charge. It won’t be the full, bound report that my in-person clients receive, but it is a lot of really useful information. Another thing that I include for my clients is how to dress for your body type. If you would like this information, please let me know and I can tell you how to determine your body shape/type.


    1. How generous of you, Sherri. If I ever have to dye my hair, I’ have two go-to-gals, you and Heidi. 🙂


  20. nancyelizabethlauzon Avatar

    Very interesting post. My favorite color is green. Back in the day getting your ‘colors’ done was very in – it was based on seasons. Apparently I’m a winter, and look good wearing black, white, and bright tones like fuschia and royal blue. I can also wear taupe or wheat, as long as it’s not too yellow. I’ve used this to guide my clothing purchases and it’s served me well =)


  21. Thank you, Nancy! You’re absolutely right–getting one’s colors done was a big deal back in the day. Unfortunately, a lot of it was done in the 80’s, and that was the era of dusty rose and country blue. Ughhhhh…. My apologies to those of you who love those colors. I actually have a set of the color drapes circa 1987. I wouldn’t be caught dead in some of those colors :). The guidelines are still good ones and can translate into more modern colors. I am so happy to hear that they have served you well. There are some stores that are organizing their clothing by cool and warm colors. It makes shopping in those stores so much easier.


    1. Thanks again, Sherri, for sharing your color expertise with us all. I along with everyone who visited appreciated it and we’ve learned a lot.

      Now, we can all go shopping to update our wardrobes, kitchens and home decor in general.

      Let us know when your website is up and running.


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